Dark Places

Dark Places

Gilles Paquet-Brenner (2015)

107min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This dark, downbeat thriller involves plenty of twists and turns. Adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), it centres on Libby Day (Charlize Theron), a damaged, hostile 30-something whose mother and sisters were murdered when she was seven years old. In the immediate aftermath, swept along by lawyers and press hounds, she testified that her older brother (Tye Sheridan) was responsible for the murders - and he has been in prison ever since. As an adult, Libby is approached by "Kill Club", an organisation who are interested in solving true crimes and famous murders. Believing that Ben's conviction was a miscarriage of justice, they convince Libby to revisit the events that ruined her life. From here, the story builds towards a series of revelations, most of which are fairly unconvincing. Still, Theron is solid enough in the lead role, and the central mystery is reasonably intriguing before the beans are spilled.

Summary

A seven-year-old girl witnesses the murder of her mother and sisters, and testifies that her teenage brother was the killer, leading to his imprisonment. As an adult, she attends a gathering of true-crime fans, and discovers they all think her brother was innocent. She reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime, and begins to realise her memories may not be as reliable as she thought. Mystery, starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Cast & Crew

Libby Day Charlize Theron
Lyle Wirth Nicholas Hoult
Patty Day Christina Hendricks
Young Diondra Chloe Grace Moretz
Ben Day Corey Stoll
Young Ben Day Tye Sheridan
Young Libby Day Sterling Jerins
Diondra Andrea Roth
Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jan 2016
Drama